Here's what iPhone apps and web pages would look like on a 4 inch screen

Here's what iPhone apps and web pages would look like on a 4 inch screen
We've seen the rumors spreading like wild fires. It's highly anticipated that the next iPhone release will come with not only a larger screen, but pack a much higher resolution as well.

The guys over at Overdrivedesign.com have put together some mockups of what an iPhone would look like with a 4 inch screen. In the mock-ups, one can easily see a few examples of how the device will benefit from having a bigger screen: it will display more of the map, more text from the same webpage, and give a significant impression of a larger space from a relatively small increase in actual screen real estate. It'll be interesting to see the perception of the larger screen size if Apple decides to changes it. However, it should be mentioned that increasing the screen size or changing the screen to device ratio could significantly alter the well known identifying look of the iPhone as we have known it, which may not have a desirable effect among iPhone fans.

We've heard from many readers on the subject. Many love the relatively small screen on the iPhone 4S, while others feel that 4 inches really is the minimum requirement for a modern smartphone. Some manufacturers like Samsung have gone very large, releasing mobile phones with screens as large as 5 inches.

What do you think is the sweet spot for screen size? Would you prefer Apple stick with the existing size, or go bigger in the next generation of the iPhone?





source: Overdrivedesign

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41 Comments

1. jubbing

Posts: 150; Member since: Aug 20, 2008

Cool..........

20. JSern

Posts: 282; Member since: May 22, 2011

Lawl look at the haters

24. jubbing

Posts: 150; Member since: Aug 20, 2008

That was GENUINELY not sarcasm. People on the internet are retarded these days.

25. SleepingOz unregistered

especially nokia fanboys!

27. jubbing

Posts: 150; Member since: Aug 20, 2008

Say's the guy who has owned half of the Nokia line up ever? Get lost loser.

40. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

exuse me for saying this but you my good sir have you ever won anything from your favourite brand? like a shirt,backpack,hat,laptop case and a thermos when you do call me the retarted nokia fanboy whose phone with only 1.3GHz proccessor can have an over 20Mpx camera and less laggy than android and less pricy as iphone

2. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

They will never change aspect ratio of the iPhone if the want to keep the compatibility for the old apps, next useless rumor !

14. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

That is a valid point,apple has kept with the outdated aspect ratio even with the 'new' ipad,it would be hard to see them changing it. The aspect ratio will be the same but the screen most likely a small bit larger just so that apple can boast they are totally revolutionising the iphone yet again.

18. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

"out dated" ... that is debatable. When there are so many many many iPhones out there, app developers, web page designers are forced to consider the aspect ratio ... if they like it or not ... and ... they are going to have to deal with it for a good long time. For better or for worse.

33. WirelessCon

Posts: 311; Member since: May 11, 2010

It's a very dated aspect ratio. 16X9 is the best "in between" ratio. 2.40:1 aspect movies only use about half of the iPad. the visual scope of the iPad is small compared to the scope of 16x9 tablets or laptops. Say all you want about pixel density, but a small scope is a small scope. I'm a movie buff, there's no way I could ever consider the iPad's aspect ratio for viewing movies.

16. PackMan

Posts: 277; Member since: Mar 09, 2012

Fragmentationnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn​.

31. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I was on an apple fan site, and an apps developer was saying that they can change the ratio to 16 by 9 and it wouldn't be that bad, they just space things out, BUT if they change the resolution of the WIDTH it would mess things up because then they have to change the size of the objects so they don't end up too tiny or too large. So apparently changing the ratio isn't that bad.

39. SeniorEd

Posts: 15; Member since: Feb 16, 2011

I agree. Apple should keep the 3 to 2 aspect ratio. Interestingly, if they go to a 4 inch diagonal a 720 by 1080 pixel resolution would keep that aspect ratio and yield 324 PPI. The screen width, in inches, would be almost identical to that of the Galaxy S2 while the length would be a little shorter than the GS2. Because the Iphone has a larger vertical bezel than the GS2, the shorter screen length with larger bezel would give the phone overall dimensions almost identical to the GS2. So, if Apple can live with those dimensions they can keep the overall design unchanged and have a spacious 4" screen. Make it so!!!

3. android_hitman unregistered

we already know how it looks. we have big screens since 2007

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

4 inches is the bare minimum. They should go 4.3 if they really want to stay current. release the 4.3 and then keep an "iphone mini" at 3.5. With how much they can shrink bezels now, a 4.3 inch phone isnt that much bigger than the current iphone.

10. Gcombs

Posts: 136; Member since: Aug 22, 2011

Yeah a 4.3 inch would be nice.

15. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

3.7 at most id say,thats unless they go with the modern standard of widescreen aspect ratios instead of the older dated aspect ratio form. Yet another instance of apple behind the times

17. pixel8or

Posts: 84; Member since: Jun 10, 2010

4.3" with their current aspect ratio would make for a very wide phone. Even 4" will be pushing is. wonder how awkward it's going to be??

37. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Refer to the Pantech Pocket

34. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

They should make the next iPhone have a 4.3 inch screen. 4 inches at the least. And then, they should make a second one, with the 3.5 inch screen and a bit different specs, and market it as the iPhone Classic (or something in that manner). I think that would be a good strategy

36. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

that sounds sooo... familiar... lol

38. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Like what they did with the iPod, it's genius. And something like what Coca-Cola did. They released a new formula, everyone hated it, so they brought back the old formula re-branded Coca-Cola Classic and it was a huge success, this kind of marketing has been used before, and turned out very well

5. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i hope the 5 has that rumored capacitive home screen button because the mock ups like this one here with it just make the iPhone look much more up-to-date if you will. o:

6. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

i remember when phones used to be so darn big and the industry started making it smaller and smaller. now it's going bigger again, and you know what they say 'history repeats itself'. I think 5" is the limit and the Galaxy SIV will not go beyond 5" anyway, back on the iPhone - i think it's a 50% chance. Maybe they'd end up saying: We maintained the screen size because phones today are getting so big blah blah and everyone listens. or they go 'we made the screen bigger and it's revolutionary.' 50/50... also making it 4" creates fragmentation, and making a larger than 4" phone makes it an iPad Mini.

8. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

As I said before, it will probably utilize 1152x768 resolution because that way they will keep the original 3:2 aspect ratio of the previous iPhones and also equally increase old resolution (960x640) by factor of 1.2, and of course keep the pixel density on the same value, that is 329 PPI.

9. e.wvu unregistered

The next iPhone is going to look nothing like that.

12. shadowcell

Posts: 300; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

The render wasn't meant for phone design. -___-

21. e.wvu unregistered

Yes, I know. I was just saying it's not going to looking nothing like that.

35. wsucoug13

Posts: 164; Member since: May 04, 2012

so it will look like that??

11. Robottoe

Posts: 12; Member since: May 21, 2012

I say 4 inches min. Suits almost everybody regardless of age... anything above 5 is a tad bit much, better get a tablet straight on

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